Posts Tagged: NBA

The first two games of the St. Louis-Chicago Cubs series has looked a lot like a playoff matchup with runs coming at a premium. The Cards (57-50) took game 1, 2-1, on a late Paul Goldschmidt HR and the Cubs (57-50) rebounded last night to take game 2, 2-0, behind strong pitching from Kyle Hendricks and the bullpen. The net… Read more »

Even with slugger Joey Gallo sidelined (oblique strain), the Texas Rangers have continued to find ways to win and moved to six games over .500 (42-36; No. 11 in Dunkel MLB Rankings) after taking two of three from the White Sox over the weekend. The Detroit Tigers (26-47) haven’t found much of anything productive lately and are in the midst… Read more »

The drama surrounding Kevin Durant’s injury and the Golden State Warriors almost overshadows the fact that there’s still an NBA championship series going on and the Toronto Raptors currently have a 3-2 lead. The Raptors blew a chance to claim their first title at home when they let a late lead slip away in Game 5. Now Toronto has to… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues missed an opportunity to capture their first Stanley Cup championship in front of the home town fans when they fell to the Boston Bruins in Game 6, 5-1. Now to accomplish the feat, the Blues have to go on the road and play in front of a hostile Boston crowd in a Game 7 tonight. To… Read more »

Despite being battered and bruised throughout the postseason, the Golden State Warriors managed to get back to the NBA Finals in their quest for a third straight championship. But against the Toronto Raptors, the short-handed Warriors have come up short so far. Down 3-1 in the series and facing a hostile home court in Toronto, Golden State will try to… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues have come back from a 2-1 series deficit and sit one game away from clinching their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They’ll try to accomplish that feat tonight as the Blues host the Boston Bruins in Game 6 at Enterprise Center. To get Dunkel’s pick, click HERE. The Washington Nationals (29-35) are also trying… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors took advantage of a short-handed Golden State team to take Game 3 of the NBA Finals, 123-109, and go up 2-1 in the series. While the Warriors will continue to be without Kevin Durant (strained calf) for tonight’s Game 4, they are expecting the return of Klay Thompson (hamstring) to the starting lineup. To get Dunkel’s pick,… Read more »

Each time the Boston Bruins looked like they were in control of the Stanley Cup Finals, the St. Louis Blues have found a way to respond. After being blown out at home in Game 3, the Blues rebounded with a solid 4-2 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. The loss was doubly costly for the Bruins… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors came out of Toronto with a hard-earned split of the first two games of the NBA Finals, but also added to their injured list. Gone for the remainder of the series is valuable back-up Kevon Looney (fracture cartilage) while Splash Brother Klay Thompson was also hobbled with a strained hamstring, although Thompson has been given the… Read more »

Despite having to put slugger Joey Gallo on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique, the Texas Rangers (30-27) have been playing their best ball of the season. Winners of 13 of their last 18 games, the Rangers open up a three-game set tonight at home against the Baltimore Orioles (18-41), who start a road trip after being outscored 16-3… Read more »

St. Louis’ excitement over having its first Stanley Cup game in 49 years quickly turned into disappointment as the Boston Bruins routed the Blues, 7-2, on Saturday night. Boston’s victory, which included an impressive 4-for-4 on the power play, put the Bruins up 2-1 in the series. Game 4 is set for tonight at the Blues’ Enterprise Center and you… Read more »

There haven’t been many times in Golden State’s recent postseason history where the Warriors have faced adversity. But after dropping Game 1 of the NBA Finals to Toronto, 118-109, questions have arisen whether Golden State has enough firepower without Kevin Durant to get past Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. Durant (calf strain) will be sidelined again tonight as the Warriors… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues managed to get out of Boston with a split of their first two games in the Stanley Cup after taking Game 2, 3-2, in overtime. Now it’s the Bruins turn to see if they can win on the road, something they’ve shown they can do so far in the postseason. Boston has won six of its… Read more »

While the LA Dodgers have put some distance from the pack in the NL West, the race for second right now is very tight with San Diego, Arizona and Colorado separated by only two games in the standings. The Rockies (26-27) have picked up some ground after taking the first two games of their home series against the D-Backs (28-27)…. Read more »

Despite missing three mainstays (Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa) from their lineup last night, the Houston Astros scratched out a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs in the interleague series opener. The Cubs (30-22) will try to bounce back tonight, but will need a better performance from starter Jon Lester (3-3, 2.68), who has a 9.72 ERA over… Read more »

After a lengthy layoff, the Stanley Cup championship gets started tonight with the Western Conference champion St. Louis Blues heading to Boston to face the Eastern Conference champion Bruins. St. Louis advanced after getting past the San Jose Sharks in six games, while Boston needed just four to dispatch the Carolina Hurricanes. To get Dunkel’s pick for Game 1, click… Read more »

After taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks looked to be in control of the series. But three straight wins by Toronto have the Raptors on the verge of clinching a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time in the franchise’s history. The Bucks will try to find a way to stay… Read more »

Looking deflated after dropping the first two games in Milwaukee, the Toronto Raptors found a way to win Game 3 at home in double overtime and then dominated the last three quarters of Game 4 en route to a 120-102 victory. The most positive sign for the Raptors in Game 4 was the contribution from players not named Kawhi Leonard… Read more »

The Colorado Rockies (21-25) are trying to get back to the level that won them 91 games last year and put them in the postseason. There were some hopeful signs last night as starter German Marquez pitched eight shutout innings in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh that snapped the Rockies four-game losing streak. Colorado will try to make it back-to-back… Read more »

One half of the NBA Final is set as the Golden State Warriors advanced last night after beating Portland, 119-117 in OT, to sweep the Western Conference Final. The East is still to be determined with the Milwaukee Bucks leading the Toronto Raptors 2-1 heading into tonight’s Game 4 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game,… Read more »

The only thing noticeable in Kevin Durant’s absence from the Golden State lineup is the fact there’s been nothing noticeable in the Warriors’ production. Golden State has yet to lose since Durant was sidelined with a calf strain and are up 3-0 in their Western Conference Finals series against the Trail Blazers with a chance to clinch on Portland’s home… Read more »

The NBA Western Conference Final looks to be all but wrapped up after Golden State’s 110-99 win over Portland last night gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Tonight, the Milwaukee Bucks will try to put themselves in the same position as they bring a 2-0 series lead into Toronto for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors looked poised to steal Game 1 on the road against Milwaukee when they entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead. But an uncharacteristically bad quarter from Kawhi Leonard (two points) combined with Brook Lopez’ career playoff game (29 points, 11 rebounds) bailed the Bucks out in a 108-100 win. The Raptors will try to rebound tonight… Read more »

Two teams will face each other in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, but all eyes will be on the two best players in the conference as Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo squares off against Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard. In the semis, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to a relatively easy victory over the Boston Celtics in five games, while Leonard’s Raptors literally needed every… Read more »

It looks to be the battle of the backcourts in the NBA Western Conference Finals as Portland’s Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum matchup against Golden State’s venerable duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Both teams advanced with big wins on the road as the Trail Blazers survived a Game 7 in Denver while the Warriors knocked off the Rockets… Read more »

The NHL Western Conference Final opens up tonight in San Jose as the Sharks host the St. Louis Blues in a rematch of the 2016 conference final. Both teams advanced after being taken to the seven-game limit in the semifinal round with the Blues surviving double overtime to beat the Stars in Dallas, while the Sharks were finally able to… Read more »

Last night, the Boston Celtics became the first conference semifinalist to get eliminated as they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-91. Tonight, the NBA playoffs feature two more teams struggling to stay alive as the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers look to avoid elimination on their home courts against the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets, respectively. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

After dropping the first two games of their conference semifinal series in Golden State, the Houston Rockets broke through with a 126-121 win on their home court over the Warriors Saturday night behind James Harden’s 41 points. Harden and the Rockets will try to knot the series at 2-all tonight with Game 4 set at the Toyota Center. To get… Read more »

While perhaps the most-overlooked series of the NBA playoffs, the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers did give us the best game of the postseason so far when they took Game 3 to four overtimes before the Blazers came away with a 140-137 victory. The win put Portland up 2-games-to-1  in the best-of-seven series that will continue tonight with Game… Read more »

The Columbus Blue Jackets had never made it past the first round of the NHL playoffs before eliminating the Tampa Bay Lightning this year. Now the Blue Jackets can put themselves in a good position to get past the second round as well if they can beat the Boston Bruins tonight. Up 2-1 in the series, Columbus will host Game… Read more »

As expected, Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals between Houston and Golden State had plenty of intensity and plenty of controversy at the end of a 104-100 win for the Warriors. Game 2 is set for tonight at ORACLE Arena and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA playoff schedule by clicking HERE. After… Read more »

The highly anticipated rematch between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors is finally here. In last year’s postseason, Golden State overcame a 3-2 series deficit to Houston after Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury, and eventually went on to capture its second NBA championship in a row.  This year, the Rockets look to be healthy and advanced… Read more »

There are times when the Golden State Warriors look bored on the basketball court. But if that were the case coming into their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers, Doc Rivers’ team has certainly gotten the Warriors attention. In a series that wasn’t expected to be close, the Clips have stolen two games on Golden State’s home court and… Read more »

Except for a historic slip in Game 2, the Golden State Warriors have had little trouble handling the LA Clippers in their conference quarterfinal matchup. The defending champs have a chance to finish the series tonight in Game 5 at ORACLE Arena and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule by clicking HERE. Easy… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors stumbled in Game 1 of the quarterfinal series against Orlando, but have put the clamps on the Magic since then. After giving up 104 points in their opening-game loss, the Raptors have held the Magic to 82, 93 and 85 points in the last three games — all Toronto wins. The Raptors have a chance to close… Read more »

The Houston Rockets showed that even without James Harden at his best, they can still win playoff games even on the road. Harden started out 0-for-15 during Game 3 in Utah and finished just 3-of-20, but the Rockets managed to pull out a 104-101 victory over the Jazz that put Houston up 3-0 in their conference quarterfinal series. The Rockets… Read more »

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Boston Celtics and their star point guard, Kyrie Irving. But the Celts were hoping all that would be pushed aside once the playoffs rolled around. So far, so good as Irving has come up big for Boston in each of its first two games against the Pacers — both victories at home. Tonight,… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors have set many records during their reign as the best team in the NBA, but they could doubtless do without the record they set on Monday night. The Warriors blew the biggest lead ever in a playoff game — 31 points — en route to a 135-131 loss to the Clippers at home in Game 2… Read more »

The rough start for the defending champion Boston Red Sox continued yesterday as the Bosox were shut down by James Paxton and the Yankees, 8-0. Boston’s 6-12 start is its worst since the 1996 season when they opened at 3-15. Alex Cora’s team will see if it can at least salvage a split in the mini two-game set with the… Read more »

When the Red Sox and Yankees meet, there’s usually first place on the line. But right now, the two teams just need some Ws under their belts. The defending champion Red Sox come into the mini two-game series with an anemic 6-11 record. The Yankees aren’t much better at 6-9. And both will look for better outings tonight from a… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors took care of business with their 121-104 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series with the LA Clippers, but still allowed the Clips to get under their skin as Kevin Durant was tossed along with LA’s Patrick Beverly during a late-game squabble. The Warriors vow to play with more poise tonight as Game 2 tips… Read more »

Home court advantage didn’t amount to much during Day 1 of the NBA playoffs as three of the four visiting teams stole victories. One team that hopes that trend continues in Day 2 is the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33), who open their Western Conference playoff series as a No. 6 seed on the road this afternoon against the No. 3… Read more »

The NBA playoffs get started today with four games on the schedule, including the Golden State Warriors begin their quest for a rare three-peat as league champions. The Warriors (57-25) are the No. 1 seed in the West and open at home against the No. 8 seed L.A. Clippers (48-34). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full… Read more »

The Penguins and Islanders play Game 2 of their first round series tonight at Nassau Coliseum. While the Isles won a back-and-forth struggle in the opener, 4-3 in overtime, the Penguins forced an up-tempo contest against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league (169) during the regular season. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s game and the… Read more »

The first day of the NHL playoffs was filled with upsets, including the top seed in the East and President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. Day 2 begins tonight with three games on the schedule, including the No. 1 seed in the West — the Calgary Flames (50-25-7) — opening its series at home… Read more »

The NHL playoffs open tonight with five games on the schedule. While the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals don’t begin their series against Carolina until tomorrow night, their rival in the Eastern Conference — the Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26-12) — open up on the road against the New York Islanders (48-27-7). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the… Read more »

The Denver Nuggets (53-27) were at one time vying for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs. But as we enter the last week of the NBA regular season, the Nuggets now find themselves trying to fend off hard-charging Houston for the No. 2 slot. Tonight, Denver will head to a place where it’s lost eight straight… Read more »

The Russell Westbrook show continues today as the Oklahoma City Thunder (46-33) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-43). On Tuesday, Westbrook became the only other player not named Wilt Chamberlain to record a 20-point, 20-assist, and 20-rebound game. Then on Thursday, he became the first player in league history to average a triple-double for three consecutive seasons. Aside from Westbrook’s record-setting… Read more »

College basketball’s Final Four is set for today in Minneapolis starting at 6:09 pm EST with the Auburn Tigers (30-9) facing the Virginia Cavaliers (33-3), followed by the Texas Tech Red Raiders (30-6) taking on the Michigan State Spartans (32-6). To get Dunkel’s picks for both these games, click HERE. The Philadelphia 76ers (49-30) haven’t looked like a team ready… Read more »

The injuries are coming faster than the wins right now for the New York Yankees. Yesterday, the Yanks lost another player to injury as Troy Tulowitzki was forced to leave the game against Detroit with a calf strain. The result was a 2-1 setback to the Tigers that dropped New York’s record to 2-4. Manager Aaron Boone will try to… Read more »